tentativeness

[ ten-tuh-tiv ]SEE DEFINITION OF tentativeness

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TENTATIVENESS

The fact that he remained standing imparted a tentativeness to the situation.

Lute's eyes were quizzical as she asked with a tentativeness that was palpably assumed, "With—a—with Mr. Barton?"

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Medieval Latin tentativus "trying, testing," from Latin tentatus, past participle of tentare "to feel, try," (variant of temptare "to feel, try, test"). Related: Tentatively.

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